Ken Oringer

Chef

Boston

Ken Oringer has worked in some of the finest kitchens in the United States. But it all started when he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, where he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” Following graduation, Oringer worked under chef David Burke at New York’s River Café before he was named pastry chef at Al Forno in Providence, R.I. His next stop was Boston, where he worked at Le Marquis de Lafayette under chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. To enhance his culinary skills and proficiency with American wines, Oringer looked to the West and became chef de cuisine at Silks. In 1997, he returned to Boston to open Clio. In 2002, he added culinary vista of the Far East to his repertoire with the highly lauded sashimi bar Uni in Clio’s lounge. And in 2005, he debuted his Barcelona-inspired tapas restaurant, Toro, in Boston’s South End. In September 2013, he opened a second Toro location — this time in New York City.

  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are some of Ken Oringer's food highlights in Paris?

    There are two restaurants that, in my opinion, should not be missed in Paris. The first one is Le Comptoir, which is a little tiny place that is literally impossible to get into—they don’t even take reservations and they don’t take walk-ins so I don’t know how people get in. But, for lunch, they take first come, first serve. For dinner I think you have to be staying in the five-room hotel to get reservations. At lunch you just wait it out. The menu is probably 80 items; it’s everything from the best charcuterie to seasonal food that’s spectacular. They opened up a French version of a tapas bar next door, which is standing room only — no seats. Le Comptoir is located right off of Saint Germain and Odeon. The second restaurant is called L’Ami Jean, located kind of behind Musée d'Orsay. It has the incredible food and what I think is the best deal, the best cooking for the money in all of Paris.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are some of Ken Oringer's food highlights in Paris?

    There are two restaurants that, in my opinion, should not be missed in Paris. The first one is Le Comptoir, which is a little tiny place that is literally impossible to get into—they don’t even take reservations and they don’t take walk-ins so I don’t know how people get in. But, for lunch, they take first come, first serve. For dinner I think you have to be staying in the five-room hotel to get reservations. At lunch you just wait it out. The menu is probably 80 items; it’s everything from the best charcuterie to seasonal food that’s spectacular. They opened up a French version of a tapas bar next door, which is standing room only — no seats. Le Comptoir is located right off of Saint Germain and Odeon. The second restaurant is called L’Ami Jean, located kind of behind Musée d'Orsay. It has the incredible food and what I think is the best deal, the best cooking for the money in all of Paris.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What neighborhood does Ken Oringer stay in when he goes to Rome?

    Each neighborhood is so diverse; I definitely like to move around.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What neighborhood does Ken Oringer stay in when he goes to Rome?

    Each neighborhood is so diverse; I definitely like to move around.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite restaurants in Rome?

    There’s one little place behind Il Campo de Fiori called Hosteria del Pesce. It’s this little tiny fish market in the front, and I mean tiny fish market, they have like 12 different kinds of fish basically in boxes with ice on the sidewalk then they have a restaurant behind it. They cook everything right from there by the pound, from scampi to john dory. Roscioli is another place that I just go over and over and I’ve sent a million people there. Another place called Cul de Sac is great for lunch, really fun menu. That’s located behind Piazza Navona.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite restaurants in Rome?

    There’s one little place behind Il Campo de Fiori called Hosteria del Pesce. It’s this little tiny fish market in the front, and I mean tiny fish market, they have like 12 different kinds of fish basically in boxes with ice on the sidewalk then they have a restaurant behind it. They cook everything right from there by the pound, from scampi to john dory. Roscioli is another place that I just go over and over and I’ve sent a million people there. Another place called Cul de Sac is great for lunch, really fun menu. That’s located behind Piazza Navona.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What does Ken Oringer think is a can’t-miss in terms of food in Barcelona?

    Well you have to get percebes, but they are really hard to find now and very expensive. I think angullas are another one, which are baby eels. Also I would say, obviously the jamon iberico. It’s something that everyone talks about, but every time I go to Spain, I can’t stay away from it.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What does Ken Oringer think is a can’t-miss in terms of food in Barcelona?

    Well you have to get percebes, but they are really hard to find now and very expensive. I think angullas are another one, which are baby eels. Also I would say, obviously the jamon iberico. It’s something that everyone talks about, but every time I go to Spain, I can’t stay away from it.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Which markets does Ken Oringer go to in Paris?

    We go to a lot of different markets. Bastille has a great market; I can’t remember what the days are though. Nowadays, all over Paris there is a great market going on everyday.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Which markets does Ken Oringer go to in Paris?

    We go to a lot of different markets. Bastille has a great market; I can’t remember what the days are though. Nowadays, all over Paris there is a great market going on everyday.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Why does Ken Oringer like to go to Barcelona?

    I think it’s just a city that is so alive. I just love going there. I love the energy. I love always being able to keep current on what’s happening there in terms of the restaurant scene and the tapas bars, just to give me ideas for Toro.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Why does Ken Oringer like to go to Barcelona?

    I think it’s just a city that is so alive. I just love going there. I love the energy. I love always being able to keep current on what’s happening there in terms of the restaurant scene and the tapas bars, just to give me ideas for Toro.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Where does Ken Oringer stay in Barcelona?

    In Barcelona, we’ve stayed at a lot of hotels — there are some amazing little hotels there — but, if you really want to live it up, stay at The Hotel Arts. They’ve built it up a lot over there with shops and restaurants, so it’s kind of fun to stay over there.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Where does Ken Oringer stay in Barcelona?

    In Barcelona, we’ve stayed at a lot of hotels — there are some amazing little hotels there — but, if you really want to live it up, stay at The Hotel Arts. They’ve built it up a lot over there with shops and restaurants, so it’s kind of fun to stay over there.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite Latin restaurants in Boston?

    One that I like is Taqueria Cancun in East Boston. They also have a Rosticeria, which is separate, where they have roasted chicken and plaintains, arepas and papusas.